J.D. Hicks co-founded Virtual Solutions, a Metamor Worldwide, Inc. company, in 1993. As chief technology officer for Virtual Solutions, Hicks is responsible for directing the research and development of the company's concepts, specifications and applications. For more than a decade, he has been involved in the design, development and support of UNIX database systems. He is knowledgeable about leading data- structures, database design methodologies and the practical use of popular file handlers.